Protecting displaced children in Iraq

In Iraq, polio vaccinators work to protect conflict-affected children.

Efforts to protect children from polio take place all over the world, in cities, in villages, at border checkpoints, and amongst some of the most difficult-to-access communities on earth. Vaccinators make it their job to immunize every child, everywhere.

In places where families are displaced and on the move due to conflict, it is especially important to ensure high population immunity, to protect all children and to prevent virus spread. In Iraq last month, vaccinators undertook a five-day campaign in five camps for internally displaced people around Erbil, in the north of the country, as part of the first spring Subnational Polio campaign targeting 1.6 million children in the high risk areas of Iraq (mainly in internally displaced person camps, and newly accessible areas).


Related News

   16/04/2019
All travellers crossing the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan are vaccinated against polio, regardless of age
   09/04/2019
Polio programme assessed by experts at the global immunization meeting
   04/04/2019
Update on polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan for February 2019
   03/04/2019
South Sudan leverages Smart Interactive visualization of Disease surveillance and Routine Immunization assessments
   02/04/2019
JICA continues to support Pakistan in polio eradication efforts
   01/04/2019
Update on polio eradication efforts in Pakistan for February 2019